American and British lawmakers demanded an explanation from Facebook about how a political data firm connected with President Trump’s 2016 campaign harvested private information without user notification, following Facebook’s decision to suspend data company, Cambridge Analytica, Friday. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced her decision to launch an investigation into Facebook and Cambridge Analytica.
Following President Trump’s agreement to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-Wha said Jong-Un has ‘given his word’ in the commitment to denuclearization. Kang said this is ‘the first time that the words came directly’ from Jong-Un. North Korea has not confirmed the summit meeting between Trump and Jong-Un.
In response to London’s decision to expel Russian diplomats following the poisoning of a former Russian double agent, Russia announced they will expel 23 British diplomats, ‘declared persona non grata,’ and close the St. Petersburg British consulate. Britain says they have evidence Russia has been manufacturing the nerve agent used in the poisoning.
Turkish forces and their Syrian rebel allies took control of Syrian city Afrin on Sunday ending weeks of battle which killed scores of civilians. The city’s seizure comes because of a two-month military operation against Kurdish militias, considered terrorist groups by Turkey. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said terrorists ‘fled with tails between their legs.’
Mental health records uncovered Sunday reveal guidance counselors and a sheriff’s deputy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida suggested the involuntary psychiatric commitment of shooter Nikolas Cruz in 2016. Cruz’s commitment would have made it harder for him to obtain the gun he used to kill 17 people at the high school.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, the second-in-command at the bureau, late Friday, two days before he was to retire and become eligible for full pension benefits. The recommendation for the termination came from within the FBI, based on the findings of Clinton e-mail investigation. In an intense statement Friday night, McCabe said his firing is part of a larger effort to discredit the FBI and the special counsel Robert Muller’s investigation into the Russia investigation.
Russian President Vladimir Putin secured another six years of leadership on Sunday winning the election with more than 76% of the vote, with his main opposer Alexei Navalny having been barred from the race. Putin’s share of the vote on Sunday is a marked increase from 2012 election when he won 64%. Putin has ruled Russia as president or prime minister since 1999, and his victory was expected.